yeah right.

Healthy eating on the go? When I’m on the go, eating a healthy gout diet is not always easy for me. How about you?

If you caught my story, I use to be on the road a lot with my sales job.

Out of 21 meals in a week, probably 14 of them were at one kind of restaurant or another. I was always pretty good about avoiding fast food but that still didn’t protect me from fat, sugar, carbohydrates, salt, gluten, fried food and alcohol…which of course didn’t help with the gout either.

Lucky me – now there is no such thing as healthy eating on the go – I work from home! I eat way better now.


Healthy Eating On the Go – Let’s Get To It

I’ve tried to keep my information simple throughout my whole website because, well, let’s face it – if you’re here you’ve got gout. And if you’ve got gout there’s a pretty good chance the way you live and eat could use an overhaul.

My whole purpose here is to get you to think about what you might do differently and spark some ideas about what you can do about healthy eating on the go.

It’s a safe bet that you’ve got some kind of crazy life and that’s why you have gout. That’s normal. It’s taken a huge amount of “paying more attention” for me to make progress – if I can do it, you can too.

Here’s where I have to start: Water

Water is magic. It’s step #1 for eating healthy on the go, or otherwise. Drink a big glass, first thing, as soon as you sit down to eat anywhere. Before the beer, before the (red) wine, before you do anything else and definitely instead of sodas or commercial milk. Water fills you up and flushes you out…drink it.

Next: Wheat

We went through a whole piece about Celiac’s Disease and wheat on another page. Wheat is in everything these days. And the bigger problem is that “whole wheat” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s “whole-grain”. Here’s the difference:

“Whole-grain” means that all parts of the grain are still there – germ, endosperm, and bran. Sometimes you read that “enriched whole wheat flour” has been used to make bread and it’s been stripped of the germ and the shell. When it’s like that, all that’s left is the carbohydrates…i.e. sugar.

Nevertheless, avoid bread and pasta. (notice I said avoid) Especially the cheap ones. That’s right, no pizza, no burritos. With burgers, throw away the bun. This might cramp your style as far eating healthy when you’re on the run goes, but what’s the alternative? More gout? Your choice.

And to finish up, you may not have Celiac’s Disease but (IMO) too much “gluten” is causing lots of immune deficiency problems for lots of people and is a considerable factor contributing to gout.

Dr. Steve Smiley has a lot to add to this conversation. Find what he has to say about grains and cereals and how they promote inflammation and therefore serious disease.

Now we’re going to shift gears and pick up some speed about all this healthy eating on the go.

Breakfast Out:

  • Get extra eggs, skip the toast (or English muffin or bagel) and hash-browns. (gluten and deep-fried food)
  • Get the ham steak instead of the bacon or sausage.
  • Go easy on the cheese, milk and coffee if at all.
  • Get the mushroom/broccoli/bell pepper and onion omelet whenever you can.

Personally, eggs do weird things to me so I’m more of a protein smoothie kind of guy. Fruit and yogurt is good but can be tricky because of all the hidden sugar. Same with granola.

Oatmeal and cold cereal is a crap-shoot. Too often oatmeal is the instant kind and it’s been stripped in the same way wheat has. (see the explanation above)

In a nutshell: get all the protein and vegetables and fruit you can, avoid the carbohydrates as much as possible at every meal.

Lunch Out:

This one might be the hardest on you if you are used to a real manly-man kind of lunch. Be strong.

To avoid “gluten” you have to avoid breads and pastas because they are usually made from wheat but not always. Rice is a carbohydrate but does not contain gluten. (however “minute” rice gets stripped in the same way wheat does and turns it into sugar, see above, be careful)

Here Are Some Ideas:

  • Eat big bowls of hearty soups, the broth-ier the better. Get the ones with rice not pasta. No cream-based soups.
  • Big chef salads with lots of turkey and ham – use oil and vinegar type dressings not the creamy ones.
  • Big Caesar salads with grilled chicken or salmon, careful with the dressing.
  • Good Chili like Texas-style chili or different chili’s with lots of meat, beans, onions and peppers. Get two bowls if you have to!
  • There are all kinds of different Asian foods that use generous amounts of vegetables, spices, different fishes and meats, all stir-fried and served with rice. (stay away from the buffets and deep-fried foods)
  • There are also some good options with Mexican food. Hold the tortillas and get some kind of Fajita plate or the Carne Adovada (pork tenderloin marinated in a chili sauce) with beans and rice.
  • If nothing else, just get a big burger without the bun and a big salad.

In a nutshell: steer clear of deep-fried foods, creamy and/or cheesy dressings and soups, and eat meats and fishes broiled, roasted, baked or grilled as often as possible.

Dinner Out:

This should be a little easier:

  • 6 oz. of meat or fish – broiled, roasted, grilled or baked. (if you need more, try to work down to that amount)
  • A generous portion of vegetables – steamed, baked, sauteed, stir-fried…anything but deep-fried.
  • Starch – baked potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, squash, whole-grain rice, bulgar, quinoa…anything but wheat-based pasta and breads.
  • Legumes – pinto beans, black beans, lentils, chick peas, adzuki beans, butter beans, edamame and many others. Use caution with beans and legumes, don’t eat them several meals or several days in a row, they can stir up gout something fierce.
  • Salads – romaine, red leaf, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, onions, raisins, apples, seaweed, sunflower and sesame seeds, sprouts, peppers, etc. Salads are a great way to get creative and healthy eating when you’re out. Skip the croutons and creamy dressings.

In a nutshell: bypass the chips and salsa, appetizers. Eat more vegetables than proteins or starches. Run from deep-fried foods.

I’m sure we both could come up with many more ideas for healthy eating on the go if we give it enough time and energy but this should give you some ideas about where to go with it all.

That covers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner…what about dessert, snacks, fast food and gas stations? This is the real test for healthy eating when you’re out riding the range – this is all I’ve got for this go-round:

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You are incredible Bert! He is drinking lots of water, but really needs a bowel movement, that could help as well. I can do everything but the soaking of his feet, they hurt too bad right now. Let me get busy and I will keep you informed!!! – Dianne

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  • Dessert

Not much to say, dessert usually means sugar. Sherbet and fresh fruit are the safest and cleanest but not always the most exciting. If you can’t resist, split it and/or tell yourself you’re going to leave some of it on the plate and walk away. Good luck.

  • Snacks

Do what I’ve done – talk yourself into buying and eating more fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, peaches, plums. Dried apricots are great. Also make the habit to buy and eat more nuts – peanuts, cashews, etc.

Do get out of the habit of potato chips, crackers, Doritos, candy bars, cookies, Ho-hos and Ding-dongs. Even “granola bars” are usually just trans-fats and high-fructose corn syrup. That crap will kill you…imagine that – death by gout. Bring your own filtered water, pass on the cokes and Gatorade.

  • Fast Food

First watch the documentary Super-Size Me and then see what you think about what you’re going to need to do to be eating healthier while you’re on the go. Then if you still want to eat at fast food restaurants, here are a couple of ideas:

First, throw the bun away. Then eat as much of the pickles, lettuce, onions and tomatoes as you can with the piece of meat – preferably the grilled chicken. No fries, no coke, no deep-fried foods. If you can, get a baked potato and load up on REAL butter, sour cream and bacon bits. Also get the salad with low-cal oil and vinegar dressing.

Otherwise, stay the hell out of those places because it’s low quality food that comes from all kinds of weird places.

  • Gas Stations

They might try to convince you that they’ve got healthy eating on the go covered at the gas station, but don’t be fooled. This is it – nuts, dried fruit, and water. That’s it, and it’s going to be the lowest quality. Don’t waste your time, get back in the car and go to the grocery store if you have to.

  • In Conclusion

Trying to eat healthy on the go is difficult and all restaurants are trying to do one thing: Make Money. That means keeping costs low to maximize profits. The quality of food is usually questionable, but not always. The quality of our entire global food supply is questionable, we look more closely on the Organically Grown Food page.

Buy (or grow!) your own food and cook your own meals as much as possible. It will help you gain control of your gout, your overall health, and bring new changes to what you do for food when you’re out and about.

   Bottom-Line:  Eating healthy on the go is not that hard.


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!